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Vote of the week: The Simpsons or Toy Story?

By Robert Niles
Published: May 16, 2008 at 7:12 AM
ORLANDO, Fla. - Yesterday, we looked at The Simpsons Ride, new this year at Universal Studios Florida and Hollywood. The day before that, we looked at Toy Story Midway Mania, now open at Disney's Hollywood Studios and soon to open at Disney's California Adventure.

Which brings us to the vote of the week:

Explain your choice in the comments, please.

Readers' Opinions

From Dan Rosenberg on May 16, 2008 at 7:52 AM
I can't believe more people want to ride Midway Mania than the Simpsons. I think the Simpsons has been more anticipated than Midway Mania.
From Anthony Murphy on May 16, 2008 at 8:28 AM
The Simpson report did not impress me. Plus, it looks like another Alien Encounter to Stitch's Great Escape transformation: Good ride dumbed down.
From Sylvain Comeau on May 16, 2008 at 8:45 AM
This was a tough choice. I'm dying to ride both. But I went with Midway Mania because of the combination of 3D effects with interactivity. That is a world first.
From Bradley Robertson on May 16, 2008 at 9:02 AM
I say Toy Story simply because I don't like the Simpson's. But even Toy Story just sounds like an upgraded Buzz Lightyear and Ihave skipped that my last couple of trips. Honestly, I'm not heart-broken that I will have to wait 6 months for my next trip down there to ride either.
From Brandon Mendoza on May 16, 2008 at 9:02 AM
I can't agree that Simpsons should be compared to Stitch. Although I've never been to the Stitch Attraction, I do hear that it's not that great. But at the same time, I hated the original Encounter.

With the Simpsons, it's replacing an old franchise that most kids today and possibly even some of today's adults may never heard of. As great as BttF was in the movies, the ride was good, but not that great.

I haven't been on the Simpsons yet, but the franchise has weathered the tests of time. Sure, some hardcore fans say that the show isn't funny anymore. But there are fans that still appreciate the show, like myself. The show has changed and so have I. Not everything on the show is great, but it has its moments.

With Stitch, it replaced a generic ride. I'm not saying that it's a good move, but there was almost nothing attached to the ride. It wasn't as memorable as It's A Small World, or Space Mountain. Neither ride was originally attached to any Disney Characters.

Honestly, I didn't think BttF was an awesome ride to begin with. It was great when it was first around, but it began to show its age quickly.

From David Kirby on May 16, 2008 at 11:41 AM
I'm much more excited for TSMM as it's the first shooting game in 3D whereas the Simpsons is another motion simulator. There's nothing really new or innovative about it.
From Frankie R on May 16, 2008 at 1:05 PM
I actually could not make a choice as I had the pleasure of riding both attractions last week. I got to go on TSMM during the Sale and Marketing event, and The Simpsons ride when my department went to Universal for our quarterly awards.

Which one is better is all going to depend on the person. I think fans of the Simpsons will love the ride and it was great to be immersed in all things Simpsons. If you don't like the Simpsons you may not be to into it, though if you are a themepark fan in general it is great to see all the homages to themepark fare. Now did anyone else besides me see the BTTF reference during the ride when you're in the Springfield "town square." I swear I did and I sceamed it while on the ride. I'll have to go on again. Yes it uses the same ride mechanism as BTTF but some surprising additions that i liked. Plus I liked the fact that I was not in pain when I got off the ride. My last BTTF experience had me a little sore.

As for TSMM, I think this is an awesome ride for families and those looking to have a good time. I kept thinking the whole time that my mom would love this ride. She does not to big coasters, or anything with sudden drops. I think the only coaster ride she will even step foot on is BTM. She'll do white water rides and simulators, but she doesn't like the Simpsons. haha

Anyway back to TSMM, the only people who may not enjoy it are those that are strictly thrill seekers. This is not a thrill ride in any shape of the imagination. Though I do enjoy the ride in between games with the cars moving around and to be honest I kind of got lost as to where we were going. I think gamers will get a kick out of the interaction part of the ride, trying to beat the high score.

So when you come to Orlando check out these two great attractions, it will be interesting what comes over the next few years with Harry Potter, and I'm sure Disney's got something up there sleeve in response to that. :)

From Ted Heumann on May 16, 2008 at 1:21 PM
Well, let's see,
The Simpsons: a reworked Back to the Future ride or Toy Story: a completely new attraction?
I think the answer is obvious.
From Anthony Murphy on May 16, 2008 at 2:15 PM
David and Ted summed it up the best for my thoughts. While the new Simpsons ride might be great, it really isn't pushing the bar on new theme park attractions. Its more or less been done before while TSMM is pushing the Spiderman bar by creating a ride that contains both Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin and Spiderman.
From James Rao on May 16, 2008 at 2:26 PM
I am not a huge fan of the Simpsons cartoon, but I am so looking forward to the new simulator.

However, I concur with Ted and others, and voted for the attraction that was actually brand new and not a re-engineer.

From Domenik Jost on May 16, 2008 at 3:05 PM
I'm looking forward to riding Toy Story. I was going to go this past monday with the annual pass-holder preview but i never got a chance to actually go that day, so i'll head over there sometime this week hopefully. I have already been on the Simpsons ride, so all I can say is I'm looking forward to riding it again.
From Marc Ricketts on May 16, 2008 at 5:03 PM
A half vote to each. Maybe I'll have a real preference after experiencing both, but it would be cool if they're too good to choose between. I wasn't highly impressed my 1 ride on BTTF, but have high hopes, and the early feedback has me considering going to USH before our next Fla trip. But seeing what the mouse does with a 3D ride is very appealing as well.
From Justin Kermgard on May 16, 2008 at 7:41 PM
In response to the comment that Ted made about Simpsons being a re-worked BTTF ride and Toy Story being a completely new attraction? Well Ted, can you say re-worked Buzz Lightyear? Thats all Disney has done. The only upgrade Disney has done with Toy Story is add the 3-D effects. So, in the end its down to which type of ride and which characters you enjoy more. I personally prefer the Simpsons to Toy Story as well as I prefer thrill rides over slow moving shoot-em ups, so I personally think The Simpsons Ride will deliver more satisfaction to me.
From Larry Zimmerman on May 17, 2008 at 8:44 AM
I've been on the Simpsons ride, and the visual illusions of motion are incredible! Clearly an "E" ticket ride! But I voted for Toy Story simply because I've done the Simpsons and I'm looking forward to the Toy Story Midway Mania experience.
From Manny Barron on May 17, 2008 at 2:50 PM
I don't understand why this is such a close vote. I am a HUGE Back to the Future fan but I'm also a very big Simpsons fan. When they closed BTTF I was crushed but the idea of a Simpsons ride helped me try to get over the pain. From what I've seen and heard the Simpsons ride looks awesome and I can't wait to ride it. Since I was a huge fan of BTTF, the Simpsons will bring back some memories. Toy Story Mania on the hand is an attraction I am not all that excited about. When I first heard of this ride I thought it would have the story and effects like Spider-man at IOA and the ability to shoot at things. A mixture of Men in Black with Spider-man. But I hear that it is just the ride vehicle in a corridor stopping at various points to play carnival games. I think it is gonna be an o.k. ride but nothing like the Simpsons.
From Anthony J on May 18, 2008 at 12:19 PM
I'm definitely more excited for The Simpsons Ride. I've been a fan of The Simpsons for years and I think the first ride in the world ever based on The Simpsons is a little more exciting than another attraction featuring Toy Story.

Although Toy Story's new technology is exciting, it's another new screen-based attraction for Disney. Not that The Simpsons isn't one, but it's also replacing one.

From Amanda Jenkins on May 18, 2008 at 1:30 PM
I had to vote for Toy Story since we will be going to Disney World in September for the beginning of the Not So Scary Halloween party. I am anxious to see what it will be like and my husband and I always like to see which one of us is the best at games. I loved BTTF, though it was a rough ride, but I am not that huge of a fan of the Simpsons. I do like the fact though that it appears that you are on a rollercoaster ride with the characters, that alone would make me want to try it. Though I will not wait in a line any longer than 15 minutes to do so.
From Ted Heumann on May 19, 2008 at 10:24 AM
To Justin,
I agree that Midway Mania is similar to Buzz Lightyear, but it is not a new film in the same building, with the same ride vehicles that they used for Back to the Future like the Simpsons is.
Midway Mania is a WHOLE new attraction, in a new building (at least in CA), with new ride vehicles and new EVERYTHING.
From Anthony Hill on May 19, 2008 at 6:24 PM
The survey was which 1 are you most looking forward to. I can see why Simpson is winning because its well known and has a huge fan base. I choose Simpsons too! But i definatly think Toy Story will be a much better and funner ride! Rides like Simpsons i can ride twice and be done with them 4 the rest of the season

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